2017 - CURRENT
The Victorian Pride Centre will bring together Victoria’s LGBTQI community by accommodating a number of resident community organization groups. The building will be a place for work, collaboration and exchange for the LGBTQI specifically, and the Australian community in general. From a field of 18 entries, Grant Amon Architects (GAA) and Brearley Architects and Urbanists (BAU) won the design competition for the Victorian Pride Centre in Fitzroy Street St. Kilda, Melbourne.
GAA and BAU conceived the building as a series of conceptual tubes that create a robust armature – a 3D infrastructure. Extracted from this armature is a series of urban design initiatives and flexible interior planning requirements. These initiatives generate a surprising and accommodating series of spaces and forms, responsive to the programs of the various organizations within the building. The conceptual tubes fully integrate landscape, urban design, architecture and interior design, into one clear, strong, iconic building.
The building accommodates urban design setbacks and character requirements in Fitzroy Street; addresses solar access, perceived scale issues for residences at the rear in Jackson Street, manipulates the development envelope to save the existing trees in the residential area of Jackson Street and is shaped to ensure light and outlook from floors overlooking any future development on the adjacent corner site.
The edges of Fitzroy Street and the commercial part of Jackson Street contain commercial active edges, encouraging pedestrian activity whilst providing eyes onto the street. The spaces between the programs are considered just as important as the programmed spaces of the building. Circulation from the entry to the central VPC ellipsoid atrium is an exhibition-gallery. The VPC ellipsoid atrium grand stair ensures the atrium is a great place to be, not just a space to pass through.
We have sought an architecture of inclusion – an architecture of and, and, and. …and meaningful form and space full of potential and order informed from the top down and the bottom up and a robust aesthetic and rationally pragmatic and symbolically informed and poetic and rigorously articulated and flexible and ….
Grant Amon Architects (GAA):
Grant Amon, Stephen Herbst, Estelle Peter, Karen Macmall
Brearley Architects & Urbanists (BAU):
James Brearley, Steve Whitford, Jens Eberhardt, Fonarri Chen, Charles Hu
Project Status: Competition 1st Prize
Location: St Kilda, Melbourne
Client: Victorian Pride Centre
Program: Shared work spaces, theatre, library, medical clinics, office, meeting rooms, commercial tenancies, roof top terrace, garden